COVID-19
LEGAL UPDATES

EL DESARROLLO LEGAL ACTUAL RELACIONADO CON LA PANDEMIA COVID-19 EN NUESTRAS JURISDICCIONES

Guatemala 

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GUATEMALA

General

March 5th 2020
Government Decree 5-2020
President of the Republic in Council of Ministers
Declares state of public calamity throughout the entire national territory for 30 days

March 16th 2020
Presidential provisions in case of public calamity and orders for strict compliance
President of the Republic
Enacts provisions for general compliance, including prohibition of activities, closing of borders,
restrictions on public transportation and work activities, and provides conditions for authorizing

March 21st 2020
Decree 8-2020
Congress of the Republic
Ratifies Government Decree 5-2020

March 21st 2020
Government Decree 6-2020
President of the Republic in Council of Ministers
Amends Government Decree 5-2020, including provision on curfew

March 21st 2020
Presidential provisions in case of public calamity and orders for strict compliance
President of the Republic
Modifications and expansion of provisions issued on March 16th, including provision on curfew
and executive exhortation regarding labor relations

March 24th 2020
Government Decree 7-2020
President of the Republic in Council of Ministers
Extends state of public calamity for 30 more days

March 29th 2020
Presidential provisions in case of public calamity and orders for strict compliance
President of the Republic
Repeals provisions of March 16th and 21st, and enacts new provisions with similar content,
including curfew

April 1st 2020
Decree 12-2020, Emergency Act
Congress of the Republic
Establishes emergency provisions on occasion of the COVID-19 pandemic, including on fiscal
and labor matters, creation of economic relief funds, and general suspension of administrative
terms for six months

April 1st 2020
Decree 9-2020
Congress of the Republic
Ratifies Government Decrees 6-2020 and 7-2020.

April 5th 2020
Presidential provisions in case of public calamity and orders for strict compliance
President of the Republic
Modifies and complements provisions of March 28th, in force especially during the Holy Week

April 8th 2020
Decree 13-2020
Congress of the Republic
Family economic rescue Act from effects causes by COVID-19

April 13th 2020
Presidential provisions in case of public calamity and orders for strict compliance
President of the Republic
Repeals provisions of March 28th and April 3rd, and enacts new provisions in force until April 19th, extendable through new provision.

April 20th 2020
Presidential provisions in case of public calamity and orders for strict compliance
Presidency of the Republic
Amends presidential provisions of April 12th and extends effect until April 27th.

April 27th 2020
Presidential Decree
President of the Republic
Extension to presidential provisions of April 12th and amendments of April 19th.

April 29th 2020
Government Accord 8-2020
President of the Republic in Council of Ministers
Extension of state of public calamity for 30 days.

May 4th 2020
Presidential Decree
President of the Republic
Extension to presidential provisions of April 12th and amendments of April 10th and 26th.

May 11th 2020
Presidential Decree
President of the Republic
Extension to presidential provisions of April 12th and amendments of April 10th and 26th and May 3rd.

May 11th 2020
Decree 21-2020
Congress of the Republic
Ratifies Government Accord 8-2020, extension of state of public calamity for 30 days.

May 15th 2020
Presidential Decree
President of the Republic
Presidential provisions in case of public calamity and orders for strict compliance. Repeals provisions of April 12th and amendments.

May 18th 2020
Presidential Decree
President of the Republic
Extension and amendments to presidential provisions of May 14th.

May 21st 2020
Decree 15-2020
Congress of the Republic
Additional measures of protection for the population from the economic effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 25th 2020
Government Accord 65-2020
President of the Republic
Creates the Presidential Commission for Addressing the COVID-19 Emergency.

May 25th 2020
Presidential Decree
President of the Republic
Extension to presidential provisions of May 14th and amendments of May 17th.

May 29th 2020
Government Accord 9-2020
President of the Republic in Council of Ministers
Extension of the state of public calamity for 30 days.

May 30th 2020
Government Accord 74-2020
President of the Republic
Regulatory provisions for operation of article 2 of Decree 15-2020 of the Congress of the Republic.

June 1st 2020
Presidential Decree
President of the Republic
Extension to presidential provisions of May 14th and amendments of May 17th and 24th.

June 2nd 2020
Ministerial Accord 144-2020
Minister of Public Health and Social Assistance
National strategy for control of the SARS COV-2 epidemic and conditioned of confinement. Defines phases of de-escalation of the pandemic and obligations for workplaces, independente workers and passenger transportation.

June 3rd 2020
Ministerial Accord 146-2020
Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance
National strategy for control of the SARS CoV-2 epidemic and bases for de-escalation of measures of conditioned reopening of confinement.
Repeals Ministerial Accord 144-2020.

June 5th 2020
Presidential Decree
President of the Republic
Amendments to presidential provisions of May 14th, amended on May 17th, 24th and 31st.

June 5th 2020
Accord 68-2018
Supreme Court of Justice
Creation and implementation of the Computing System for the General Court Archive and its delegation in Quetzaltenango, and implementation of internal advanced electronic signature and advanced institutional signature.

 

Administrative

March 17th 2020
Ministerial Accord 153-2020
Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources
Suspends terms in administrative procedures before the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources, since March 17 th until the day following the end of the state of public calamity

March 18th 2020
Accord A-12-2020
General Comptroller of Accounts
Suspends terms in administrative procedures before the General Comptroller of Accounts, since March 17th until culmination of the state of public calamity

March 23rd 2020
Ministerial Accord 841-2020
Minister of Education
Reiterates as non-working the days since March 17th until March 31st, unless the presidential provisions are modified, for administrative procedures

March 30th 2020
Ministerial Accord 11-2020
Minister of National Defense
Suspends, starting March 27th, terms granted to companies providing private security services for renewal of credentials for their firearms, and for licenses to carry firearms for their security agents, whose expiration date falls in March 2020, or until the end of the states of exception and
their extensions

April 17th 2020
Ministerial Accord 16-2020
Ministry of National Defense
Authorizes validity of licenses and credentials of ownership and carrying of firearms, whose effect expired in March 2020, until culmination of state of exception or applicable presidential provisions

Tax

March 24th 2020
Decision SAT-DSI-280-2020
Superintendent of the Tax Administration (interim)
Declares as non-working days for the Tax Administration the 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 30th and 31st of March, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 8th, 13th and 14 th of April 2020, with the effect of deferring computation of terms.

May 16th 2020
Decision SAT-DSI-404-2020
Superintendent of the Tax Administration
Declares May 15th 2020 as a non-working day for the Tax Administration.

Labor

March 17th 2020
Ministerial Accord 136-2020
Minister of Labor and Social Welfare
Suspends terms in administrative matters before the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, since March 17th until the day following the end of the state of public calamity

March 19th 2020
Direction Accord D-2020-68
Director of the National Civil Service Office
Enacts provisions and prohibitions for State personnel governed by the Civil Service Act

April 7th 2020
Ministerial Accord 140-2020
Ministry of Labor and Social Welfar
Creates electronic procedure for registration, control and authorization of collective or individual suspensions of labor contracts, applicable as a temporary emergency measure during the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

April 20th 2020
Accord 1472
Board of Directors of the Guatemalan Institute of Social Security (IGSS)
Authorizes deferred payment of employers’ social security fees and sets requirements for its compliance

April 21st 2020
Ministerial Accord 159-2020
Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare
Publishes accord 1-2020 of the Board of Directors of IRTRA, deferring payment of the recreational tax for March, April and May of 2020, without surcharge for delay or interest.

 April 21st 2020
Ministerial Accord 160-2020
Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare
Publishes accord 2-2020 of the Board of Directors of IRTRA, suspending administrative terms from March 17th, considered as non-working days until culmination of the state of public calamity.

May 15th 2020
Ministerial Accord 192-2020
Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare
Publishes Accord 3-2020 of the Board of Directors of IRTRA, repealing Accord 2-2020 which suspended terms in administrative processes before said Institute.

May 18th 2020
Ministerial Accord 202-2020
Minister of Labor and Social Welfare
Amendments to Ministerial Accord 140-2020, regarding registration and authorization of labor contract suspensions.

Litigation

March 17th 2020
Accord of the Supreme Court of Justice in Full
Supreme Court of Justice
Suspends works of jurisdictional and administrative units of the Judicial Power, listing exceptions due to the indispensable nature of their service.

March 30th 2020
Publication of the Presidency of the Judicial Power
Presidency of the Judicial Power
Extends suspension of works for courts and administrative offices, between April 1st and 7th , except those detailed in the Accord of the Supreme Court of Justice in Full of March 17th , and those listed in provisions POJ-11/2020 and POJ-12/2020.

April 14th 2020
POJ-17/2020
Presidency of the Judiciary Power
Extends suspension of works in courts and administrative offices between April 13th and 20th.

April 20th 2020
POJ-18/2020
Presidency of the Judiciary Power
Extends suspension of works in courts and administrative offices between April 21st and 27th.

April 24th 2020
Accord 2-2020
Constitutional Court
Amendment to the regulation for use of the Computer Docket System of the Constitutional Court (SIECC).

April 28th 2020
POJ-20/2020
Presidency of the Judicial Power
Reincorporation of civil and labor courts to attend constitutional matters.

April 28th 2020
POJ-21/2020
Presidency of the Judicial Power
Extension of suspension of jurisdictional and administrative works until May 4th.

May 5th 2020
POJ-23/2020
Presidency of the Judicial Power
Extension of suspension of jurisdictional and administrative works until May 11th.

May 5th 2020
POJ-26/2020
Presidency of the Judicial Power
Suspends provision POJ-25/2020 until further notice, and extends suspension of jurisdictional and administrative works until May 18th.

May 19th 2020
POJ-28/2020
Presidency of the Judiciary Power
Extends suspension of jurisdictional and administrative works until May 24th.

May 25th 2020
POJ-29/2020
Presidency of the Judiciary Power
Suspends works in the Fifth Court of Civil First Instance of the Department of Guatemala until June 2nd.

May 26th 2020
POJ-30/2020
Presidency of the Judiciary Power
Extends suspension of jurisdictional and administrative works until June 2nd.

May 26th 2020
POJ-31/2020
Presidency of the Judiciary Power
Suspends jurisdictional and administrative works in the Center for Civil First Instance Justice, until June 2nd.

June 2nd 2020
POJ-32/2020
Presidency of the Judiciary Power
Extends suspension of jurisdictional and administrative works until June 8th. Administrative offices must return to work if their duties are not related to courts under suspension.

Energy

March 16th 2020
Ministerial Accord 105-2020
Minister of Energy and Mining
Declares the National Interconnected System in a state of emergency, empowering the
Administrator of the Wholesale Market to take measures to guarantee the safety and provision of
electricity

March 17th 2020
Ministerial Accord 106-2020
Minister of Energy and Mining
Suspends terms in administrative procedures under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Energy and
Mining, since the entry into force of the presidential provisions of March 16th until the business day
on which their effect ceases

March 23rd 2020
Ministerial Accord 107-2020
Minister of Energy and Mining
Issues instructions for the generation, transmission, distribution of electric energy and related
activities, as well as import, export, transportation and commercialization of oil products and
derivatives and propane gas

March 30th 2020
Ministerial Accord 108-2020
Minister of Energy and Mining
Maintains in force Accords 105-2020, 106-2020 and 107-2020, ratifying instructions contained in
Accord 107-2020

April 15th 2020
Ministerial Accord 114-2020
Minister of Energy and Mining
Maintains effect of Ministerial Accords 105-2020, 106-2020, 107-2020 and 108-2020, and ratifies instructions contained in Ministerial Accord 107-2020. Restricts circulation of heavy cargo transportation related to electricity and petroleum in the municipalities of Guatemala, Mixco and Villa Nueva within certain schedules.

April 23rd 2020
Ministerial Accord 117-2020
Ministry of Energy and Mining
Sets schedules for fuel service stations.

May 16th 2020
Ministerial Accord 139-2020
Minister of Energy and Mining
Maintains in force Ministerial Accords 105-2020 y 106-2020, issuing instructions for the electric, fuel and mining sectors.

May 22nd 2020
Ministerial Accord 141-2020
Minister of Energy and Mining
Amendments to Ministerial Accord 139-2020, with provisions for the fuel and mining sectors.

May 30th 2020
Ministerial Accord 147-2020
Minister of Energy and Mining
Amendments to Ministerial Accord 139-2020, with provisions for the fuel and mining sectors.

June 2nd 2020
Ministerial Accord 154-2020
Minister of Energy and Mining
Maintains in force Ministerial Accords 105-2020 y 106-2020, issuing instructions for the electric, fuel and mining sectors.

Banking and Finance

March 23rd 2020
Decision JM-32-2020
Currency Board
Enacts special temporary measures for the situation, instructing institutions supervised by the Banking Superintendence that grant financing, in effect for 180 days.

May 15th 2020
Decision JM-63-2020
Currency Board
Extends and partially modifies special temorary measures issued in Decision JM-32-2020, until December 31st 2020.

National Budget and Relief Funds

April 16th 2020
Decree 14-2020
Congress of the Republic
Approves loan with IDB for strengthening and modernizing the State Attorney’s Office

April 16th 2020
Decree 16-2020
Congress of the Republic
Approves loan with CABEI for investment and modernization in the justice sector

April 16th 2020
Decree 17-2020
Congress of the Republic
Approves loan with IDB for strengthening the institutional health services network

April 16th 2020
Decree 18-2020
Congress of the Republic
Approves loan with CABEI for investment in hospital infrastructure and equipment

April 16th 2020
Decree 19-2020
Congress of the Republic
Aprueba préstamo para desarrollo de infraestructura vial con BID

April 16th 2020
Decree 20-2020
Congress of the Republic
Extension of the national budget for placements of bonds, loans, salary increases in central administration, health infrastructure, acquisition of equipment and tests for combating COVID-19, electric energy subsidy, among others.

April 17th 2020
Government Accord 57-2020
President of the Republic
Regulation for the fund known as Family Bonus

April 17th 2020
Government Accord 58-2020
President of the Republic
Regulation for granting the benefit of the employment protection fund

April 17th 2020
Government Accord 59-2020
President of the Republic
Regulation for the issuing, negotiation, placement and service payment of the treasury bonds of the Republic of Guatemala, authorized in Decree 13-2020

April 20th 2020
Government Accord 60-2020
President of the Republic
Regulation for the food support program and prevention of COVID-19

April 29th 2020
Ministerial Accord 616-2020
Ministry of the Economy
Regulation for the Ministry of the Economy for granting the benefit of the Employment Protection Fund.

April 30th 2020
Presidential Decree
President of the Republic
Measures to control, contain and prioritize public expenses.

May 4th 2020
Government Accord 63-2020
President of the Republic
Analytic distribution of the extension to the national budget 2020.

May 4th 2020
Government Accord 64-2020
President of the Republic
Extension to the national budget 2020.

May 7th 2020
Ministerial Accord 656-2020
Ministry of the Economy
Amendments to the instrument of regulation for the Ministry of the Economy for granting the benefit of the Employment Protection Fund.

May 15th 2020
Ministerial Accord 658-2020
Ministry of the Economy
Amendments to the instrument of regulation for the Ministry of the Economy for granting the benefit of the Employment Protection Fund.

May 29th 2020
Accord 6-2020
Board of Directors of the National Mortgage Loan of Guatemala
Specific regulation on requirements and conditions for the granting of loans derived from the Capital Protection Fund.